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7 Souvenirs of August

Mystery Cache

Classical Element: Water

A cache by FamilieRyan
Hidden : 10/12/2009
In Texas, United States
Difficulty:
3.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

A series of caches dedicated to the Classical Elements.


THE CACHE IS NOT AT THE ABOVE COORDINATES!

A recent viewing of a movie on an airplane inspired this series. The caches will not all be published at once because we want to find the best spots possible for each theme. We hope you enjoy the puzzles and the cache locations!

According to the Greeks, there were four major elements, earth, air, water, and fire, accompanied by a fifth element, aether. The first four Greek classical elements were very temporal in nature, while aether was less connected to the Earth, and was viewed as more spiritual in nature. The stars, for example, were believed to be composed of aether, since the Greeks believed that aether did not change or fluctuate with time, unlike the other Greek classical elements.

You can read much more about these elements and other culture's viewpoints here: Classical Elements

Our series of caches starts of with Water. Water is one of the classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science. It was commonly associated with the qualities of emotion and intuition. You can learn a bit about some fun water trivia here: Water Trivia

Now, on to the puzzle. Several Greek philosophers convened to discuss the important topics of the day such as who was the best discus thrower, what type of column to use in the Parthenon, and, of course, the Classical Elements. During the course of the meeting, the conversation turned to the topic of , a novel activity that was first thought to be started by the Egyptians. The philosophers decided that they would protect information regarding the Classical Elements (at that time they were just elements, but in time they would become classical!) by secretly hiding a container which would act as a sort of athenaeum. Of course, they encoded the secret location so that only those with the correct knowledge could obtain this information.

In a recent excavation in the Katy/Fulshear area, a strange tablet was uncovered that bore the following inscription:

A larger version of the text is shown here:

The local authorities were perplexed as to what this message might mean, so they enlisted a group of local geocachers to help solve the mystery. Hopefully, you will be able to help decipher this message and perhaps find the storage place used by the Greeks so long ago.

You do not need to trample on the landscaping nor get wet to grab this cache. We hope you have a good time with this one!

You can check your answers for this puzzle on Geochecker.com.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

uubqervergjujvsvjasrpvngugrlbvrnfrigcgibnfgaglsbvkvaggrlbjrrrpngaagcfbgravsbgvegpyrbjabaagtqalsgvbm

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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Last Updated: on 1/18/2014 6:52:06 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (2:52 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum